Exploring a Church vocation


Each one of us has a vocation, a calling from God, to be people who are fully alive, who respond in word and deed to God’s abundant love, at home, in the workplace, in the community.

Some have a vocation – a calling – to serve the church, through authorised, licensed or ordained ministry. These pages are for those exploring these church vocations.

We offer support for Lay and Ordained vocations alike. Please use the links below to find out more about each of the ministries. Our Mission and Ministry team are here to support you on your journey. Here are some key contacts for our Lay Vocations team and Ordained ministry Vocations team:

Church vocations

Authorised Lay Ministry

ALMs are trained lay people, active in church life, who have a particular vocation, special interest, or skill, that can be an integral part of their church’s ministry.

More about exploring Authorised Lay Ministry

Authorised Local Leadership

ALLs are a focal person, in a multi-parish benefice, for the congregation and the community which it seeks to serve.

More about Authorised Local Leadership

Licensed Lay Ministry

LLMs lead God’s people in worship, preach, and equip the congregation to more closely follow Christ.

More about exploring Licensed Lay Ministry

Ordained Ministry

Deacons and Priests are called to build up the church in love and enable it to reach out in service.

More about exploring Ordained Ministry


Vocational Resources

Foundations for Ministry

A 1-year non-accredited course delivered by the Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC). An introduction to theology for those thinking about exploring LLM or ordination and have little or no prior academic study.

Foundations for Ministry course details

Mentor Directory

This enrichment resource is provided by the Church of England for historically underrepresented Anglicans on the journey towards lay/ordained ministry. The directory has a diverse spectrum of ministers from across the country.

Ministries Mentor Directory

Page last updated: Friday 24th May 2024 9:18 PM
First published on: 21st May 2019
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